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Eyemouth lifeboats get two call outs in 12 hours

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Lifeboats at the Eyemouth RNLI station have had two call outs in the last 12 hours.

First, the two-man crew of a ten-metre fishing boat, Amathus, had to call for help after the boat developed engine problems around 15 miles to the north east of the town.

The Eyemouth lifeboat reached it at around 10pm, and towed it back to harbour.

Less than 12 hours later both Eyemouth lifeboats were called just after 8am this morning, to help a casualty who had fallen 10 metres while walking along the cliffs at Eyemouth golf course.

The casualty was transferred by stretcher from the shoreline to one of the lifeboats, and was taken back to Eyemouth Harbour.

The casualty was then airlifted to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Eyemouth lifeboat station has two lifeboats because the RNLI recently closed a lifeboat station at St Abbs, just along the coast - a decision that was met with controversy.

Police appeal for help finding angler swept into sea

The man was washed into the sea at Eyemouth. Credit: ITV Border

Police Scotland are continuing an extensive search for an angler, who was washed into the sea at Eyemouth.

Marek Zoldak, 32, entered the water just east of Killiedraught Bay, Eyemouth, at around 5:20pm on Sunday (6 September).

He was fishing with a friend, when both men fell from the rocks on which they were standing, because of strong waves.

The friend managed to scramble to the shore and raise the alarm, and was then taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with minor injuries.

Officers are appealing for anyone else who was in the area, and might have seen anything, to contact them.

An extensive search operation is ongoing and we are working alongside our colleagues in HM Coastguard, the RNLI and the RAF in an effort to trace Marek.

Killiedraught Bay is a popular destination for fishermen as well as with dog walkers and local holidaymakers and given the mild conditions on Sunday, I am hopeful that a number of people would have noticed the men standing on top of the rocks between 1:30pm and 5:20pm.

Anyone who remembers seeing the fishermen is asked to contact police on 101.”

– Inspector Bryan Burns


Eyemouth angler presumed drowned

Lifeboats from Eyemouth and St Abbs were called out to assist with the search. Credit: ITV Border

An angler is missing and presumed drowned after being knocked into the sea by a large wave on the Berwickshire coast.

His colleague was also swept into the sea, but was pulled to safety and received medical assistance.

The incident occurred at Eyemouth on Sunday around 5.30pm, but the search for the missing man by a rescue helicopter and HM Coastguard was called off today.

Bev Allen, Maritime Operations Controller for HM Coastguard, urged people to be careful near the coastline:

Our advice for shore anglers is to wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid, don't wade into breaking waves as the undertow can sweep you off your feet.

– Bev Allen, Maritime Operations Controller, HM Coastguard.
RNLI Lifeboats were used in the search for the missing man. Credit: ITV Border

RNLI say Eyemouth boat is in service

The RNLI say their Eyemouth crew have not been off service at any point today.

It's after St Abbs station crew claimed the Trent class all-weather boat in Eyemouth Harbour is confined to the harbour due to tidal restrictions.

A spokesperson at RNLI said: "The crew at Eyemouth were offshore doing an exercise today, but at no point were they off service. In the event there are tidal restrictions, which happens around 12 times a year, it would only be for 55 minutes at a time".

St Abbs RNLI Lifeboat volunteers are to protest later today against a planned closure of their station.


Search for Eyemouth fisherman called off

Police and the RNLI have been searching the harbour and coast. Credit: Bill Johnson

The official search for a fisherman from Eyemouth, who went missing before Christmas, has now been called off.

John Young, 66, was last seen leaving The Fleet pub on the evening of Friday, December 19. He was heading towards the harbour area.

Police Scotland and the Eyemouth Lifeboat Crew have been searching the harbour and coastline, but have still not found him.

The search has now been called off. Credit: Bill Johnson

The search has now been called off, but police are still appealing for any information on his whereabouts.

"Police in Eyemouth are continuing to appeal for information to trace John Young, from Eyemouth, who was last seen in the Fleet bar on the evening 19th December.

A search of the harbour and surrounding areas was carried out by coastguards and police divers, but this has now been exhausted.

However we are continuing to appeal for anyone who believes they saw John on the evening of Friday 19th December around the Fleet bar and Eyemouth Harbour, to come forward to police."

– Police Scotland

PHOTO: Missing Eyemouth man John Young

Credit: Police Scotland

Police Scotland have released a picture of missing Eyemouth man John Young.

The 66-year-old was last seen on Friday evening leaving the Fleet Pub in the centre of the town.

It's thought he walked off in the direction of the harbour. Police officers and the Coastguard have been searching the area for the past two days.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

Fishing community "in shock" over missing man

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The fishing community in Eyemouth is said to be "in shock" at the disappearance of a well-known local man.

John Young was last seen leaving the Fleet Pub in the town at around 6.30pm on Friday evening.

Teams from Police Scotland and HM Coastguard have been working around the harbour area.

"John's a well known local man and fisherman. He's worked on the boats here for many years and we're all in shock at the moment.

"There's a strange feeling today. He would usually be in the pub on a Sunday having a catch up with locals. "

– Local fisherman

Search for missing man at Eyemouth harbour

Police and the coastguard are searching for a missing man who was last seen leaving a pub and heading towards the harbour area of Eyemouth, in the Scottish Borders.

Police search the harbour area of Eyemouth for missing John Young, 66.

John Young, 66, was last seen leaving The Fleet pub at about 6.30pm on Friday, 19th December.

He is described as white, 6ft 1in tall, slim build, with short dark hair and a beard and was wearing a hat, a dark grey jacket fawn trousers and a blue t-shirt.

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